Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

December 4, 2009
By cheekack BRONZE, Singapore City, Other
cheekack BRONZE, Singapore City, Other
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"Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" is a collection of 22 auto-biographical essays by American humorist, David Sedaris.

The following is a list of essays in the book, with brief notes about their contents:

1. "Us and Them" - childhood memories of Sedaris's neighbour, a family who doesn't believe in TV and the effect it has on their children
2. "Let It Snow" - a day when Sedaris's mother locked her children out in the snow
3. "The Ship Shape" - childhood memories of the empty promises Sedaris's father makes
4. "Full House" - a childhood game of strip poker gives the young Sedaris a touching moment
5. "Consider the Stars" - reflecting on the cool kid at school
6. "Monie Changes Everything" - Sedaris' rich aunt
7. "The Change in Me" - the 13-year old Sedaris wants to be a hippie
8. "Hejira" - Sedaris's father kicks him out of the house due to his homosexuality
9. "Slumus Lordicus" - Sedaris's father's experiences as a landlord
10. "The Girl Next Door" - Sedaris's relationship with a girl from a troubled family
11. "Blood Work" - a case of mistaken identity while cleaning houses
12. "The End of the Affair" - Sedaris and his boyfriend, Hugh's different reactions to a love movie
13. "Repeat After Me" - Sedaris' vist to his sister Lisa, and his family's feelings about being the subject of his essays
14. "Six to Eight Black Men" - thoughts about the traditional Dutch Christmas story, among other cultural oddities
15. "Rooseter at the Hitchin' Post" - Sedaris' younger brother is born and gets married
16. "Possession" - searching for a new apartment, and his shortlived infatuation with Anne Frank's house
17. "Put a Lid on It" - a vist to Sedaris' sister, Tiffany's, home and their relationship
18. "A Can of Worms" - Sedaris' mind wanders as he, Hugh and a friend eat at a diner
19. "Chicken in the Henhouse" - prejudiced attitudes towards homosexuals in America
20. "Who's the Chef?" - bickering between two people in a long-term relationship
21. "Baby Einstein" - the arrival of his brother's first baby
22. "Nuit of the Living Dead" - a late night encounter at home in rural France

Sedaris's genial and relaxed tone of writing renders himself as a reliable narrator. He writes with subtle humor and a brutal honesty. Unafraid to be self-deprecating toward onself, Sedaris makes himself a subject of pity, laughter and sadness.

As a result, you might find yourself sympathising, laughing with or even reeling at Sedaris and his eccentric and quintessentially quirky family members. I recommend this book to anyone who needs to learn to sit back, relax and laugh at the odd world we live in today

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